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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The foundation RHH

Is working for the RHH a paid job?

No, all work carried out by the RHH is on a strictly voluntarily basis. There is no compensation what so ever, it even costs money...
Working with a dog and the social aspect of helping people in difficult times is regarded as a reward on its own for the volunteers.

Is the RHH giving lectures and demonstrations?

Occasionally the RHH gives lectures and demonstrations, mostly on the request of fire brigades, the police and other rescue services. For private organizations, we unfortunately have to present a bill to fund the necessary equipment.

Does the RHH provide classes?

No, The RHH doesn't provide classes.

How can I support the RHH?

You can support the RHH by becoming a donor.
Click here to become a donor.

How can I become a member of the RHH?

When someone has visited the trainings a few times, one can become a candidate. After a certain time, the other members have the possibility to invite the candidate to become a member.

Are there costs to join the RHH?

Yes, there are. All members of the RHH pay a little fee per year. Beside that there the costs for traveling to and from trainings, clothing and materials, courses and more like that.

Can I visit a RHH training?

Certainly, you can request to visit such a training. Per training, there is a maximum of three visitors.
The RHH would appreciate it if you would take part by playing a practice victim.
Click here to request for visiting a RHH training.

Where is the RHH training?

Training takes place in rubble as well as the woods, but the RHH doesn't have a fixed training location. If you happen to know a rubble location in your neighbour hood, please let us know
Possibly we can organize a training there...
Click here to report a rubble location.

Does the RHH have material for lectures?

No, all information for lectures can be found at this website.

The dogs

What breed of dogs are suitable for the rescue work?

In principle all dogs can be trained to become a rescue dog.
Extreme big, heavy dogs will have difficulties in rubble; this will make them less suitable. The health of the dogs comes first. Dogs, not too big or small, and enjoying lots of activities, having a certain prey drive and have an excellent relation with their owner can be trained.

What type of pre-education is expected of the dog?

Besides a good relation between the dog and his owner we expect a reasonable level of obedience as well as a social nature towards dogs and humans.

How long does it take to educate a rescue dog?

Depending on the predisposition of the dog and handler, it will take two to three years, before a dog is ready for deployment.

What's the minimum age of the dog to start training it?

Factual, the training of the dog already starts as a pup, the first moment you have it. With search games, the motivation of the dog to search can already be developed. Training for working in the woods can already start pretty soon, the more advanced searching and working on rubble can't be trained before the dog is full-grown.

What's the maximum age of the dog to start training is?

Starting to train a dog at a later age is not advisable, due to time span required for the training. For instance, if a dog has reached the age of 5, and the training will take about 2.5 years, it won't be "profitable" as the dog becomes soon too old to function as a rescue dog.

The handlers

What's the minimum age of a dog handler?

The RHH considers 18 years to be the minimum age.

What's the maximum age of a dog handler?

In principle, there is no maximum age determined. As long as one is in good physical and mental health, one can stay attached to the RHH.

What's the required education to work for the RHH?

No certificate is required, but we do expect some self education.

Can I only work for the RHH as a dog handler?

No, certainly not. Within the RHH several functions can be performed without a dog, for instance, Logistical support, deployment leaders, coordinators, administration. The knowledge about the dogs however is being appreciated.